Richmond-based artist, Braxton Congrove, received her BFA in studio art from James Madison University (2015), and completed a Summer Studio Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her recent solo and group exhibitions include Random Access Gallery at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY); Goodbye Limes at VALET (Richmond, VA); and 15 YRS! Everybody in the Pool at ADA Gallery (Richmond, VA).
Her residencies include c3:initiative (Portland, OR), Bread and Puppet Theater (Glover, VT), OTTO'S Abode (Wanakena, NY), Ox-Bow (Saugatuck, MI), and Old Furnace Artist Residency (Harrisonburg, VA). Her work has been featured in publications such as Curator in Residence: Julia Greenway (Portland, OR), Hiss Mag Issue 1 (Columbus, OH), was interviewed as a featured artist for Dialogue Magazine (Richmond, VA), and is a 2018 recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship.
Congrove derives her fiction-based work from occurrences in everyday life. She uses the materiality of performance and the staging of an exhibition space to build and populate a nebulous world for the viewer to enter and become immersed in. Within this world there is a proposition of play that returns to an adolescent self, employing the power of humor to reveal the pathetic nature of these sculptural objects.
"I am inspired to make my ideal world, an imagined colorful home in a sense. The forms are recognizable but distorted, as if seeing a depiction through the lens of a glitter screen; familiar and strange at the same time, creating an augmented reality."
- Braxton Congrove